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15 Aug

Should Parents Who Break School Drop-Off Rules Be Banned from the Parking Lot?

A new, national poll finds many parents worry that school traffic is a danger for kids.

12 Aug

Mental Exhaustion Is Real, But What Causes It?

A new study finds intense cognitive work causes chemical changes that make your brain tired.

11 Aug

Switching to a Salt Substitute Could Protect Your Heart, Study Finds

Taming your salt habit with a salt substitute may lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and early death, researchers say.

Here's How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower the Cost of Health Care

Here's How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower the Cost of Health Care

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, making it the most significant health care legislation enacted in more than a decade.

How will it affect health care?

Millions of Americans covered by Medicare will see big reductions in costs for both health care and prescription drugs. And those covered by...

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  • August 17, 2022
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Biden Administration May Stop Buying COVID Vaccines, Treatments by Fall

Biden Administration May Stop Buying COVID Vaccines, Treatments by Fall

The Biden Administration plans to stop buying COVID tests, vaccines and treatments as early as the fall, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Tuesday.

Under that plan, those products would be provided through the regular health care system, Jha said at an event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, ...

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  • August 17, 2022
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Want That Pill to Work Fast? Your Body Position Matters

Want That Pill to Work Fast? Your Body Position Matters

If you need to take a pill, you might want to take it lying down -- on your right side, that is.

Researchers studying how body positioning affects the absorption of pills found that one taken when a person was lying on the right side speeded pills to the deepest part of the stomach. That pill could then dissolve 2.3 times faster than if th...

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  • August 17, 2022
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Can Your Smartphone Spot a Narrowed Neck Artery?

Can Your Smartphone Spot a Narrowed Neck Artery?

A smartphone video could detect a blocked blood vessel in your neck that could cause a stroke, a new study suggests.

The American Heart Association says videos may provide a non-invasive way to screen people who are at risk of stroke.

Nearly 87% of strokes are the ischemic type, which happens when fatty deposits build up in the caro...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 17, 2022
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Blow Your Horn: Do Wind Instruments Spread COVID?

Blow Your Horn: Do Wind Instruments Spread COVID?

Strike up the band!

A new study finds that the aerosols produced by wind instruments like trombones and flutes are no more concerning than those given off during normal speech and breathing.

For the study, University of Pennsylvania researchers worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra to better understand how much aerosol was produced...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 17, 2022
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2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

2 Million Infant Swings, Rockers Recalled Due to Strangulation Danger

Millions of infant swings and rockers are being recalled because crawling babies can get entangled in straps that dangle beneath them.

The recall applies to MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers manufactured by Thorley Industries of Pittsburgh. The company, which does business under the name 4moms, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Co...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 16, 2022
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Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids will bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss by mid-October, under a landmark proposal just announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The final rule announced Tuesday creates a category of hearing aids that could be sold directly to consumers, without either a med...

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  • August 16, 2022
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Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

Lead Poisoning Plus Systemic Racism Are Harming Black Kids' Test Scores

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that exposure to lead can harm young children's brain development. Now a new study suggests that racial segregation may be compounding the detrimental effects of lead on Black children.

The study, of close to 26,000 schoolchildren, found that Black children with ...

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  • August 16, 2022
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Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

Meth Plays Big Role in Drug ODs in Rural America

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine is driving an epidemic of drug overdoses in rural America, a new study concludes.

Researchers attribute the surge to meth laced with fentanyl or combined with an opioid that contains fentanyl.

"Methamphetamine is increasingly contaminated or adulterated wit...

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  • August 16, 2022
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First Lady Jill Biden Has COVID-19

First Lady Jill Biden Has COVID-19

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- First Lady Jill Biden has COVID-19 and is experiencing "mild symptoms," according to her staff.

"After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening," Biden's communications director Eliza...

  • By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 16, 2022
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Are High-Tech Blood Pressure Monitors Really Worth It?

Are High-Tech Blood Pressure Monitors Really Worth It?

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to taking your blood pressure at home, smart devices with lots of bells and whistles are no better than old-school monitors, which happen to cost much less.

This is the main finding of a new study that compared high-tech devices that link to your smartphone and pro...

  • By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 16, 2022
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AHA News: Heart Failure at Age 30 Brought on By Pregnancy

AHA News: Heart Failure at Age 30 Brought on By Pregnancy

Fatima Mathews knew something wasn't right. She was more tired than she'd ever felt in her life.

"You just had a baby," her doctor reminded her. "It's normal to be tired."

She'd been feeling tired – and bloated and swollen – since the last few months of her pregnancy. And now it was time to go back to work. Mathews told herself s...

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  • August 16, 2022
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Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Premature Birth Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Children born a little early – before 39 weeks of pregnancy – are more likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

While birth before 37 weeks' gestation has known links to hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention, this study investigated ADHD symptoms in children born at term, b...

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  • August 16, 2022
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Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

A new study of U.S. military veterans reveals they are more comfortable getting help for physical ills than for mental health issues.

"The majority of participants indicated they would be willing to seek treatment for both physical and mental health problems. However, they reported significantly greater willingness to seek treatment for ph...

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  • August 16, 2022
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If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

If a Child's Grades Falter, Consider Hearing Loss

While some may think of hearing loss as something that happens with age, it can also happen to kids.

Parents and teachers should consider hearing loss if a child's academic performance declines or he or she develops behavioral issues, lack of focus and depression, the American Academy of Audiology advises.

“Because children often d...

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  • August 16, 2022
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'Virtual' Museum Visits Are Good Medicine for Seniors

'Virtual' Museum Visits Are Good Medicine for Seniors

By combining technology with interactive art activities, older people at home can have museums come to them -- and this can support their physical, mental and social well-being, a new study reports.

"This participatory art-based activity could become a model that could be offered in museums and arts institutions worldwide to promote activ...

  • By Sydney Murphy HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 16, 2022
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Looking for Reliable Hay Fever Advice? It's Probably Not on YouTube

Looking for Reliable Hay Fever Advice? It's Probably Not on YouTube

Need information about hay fever? Steer clear of YouTube, a new study advises.

Researchers found misinformation about allergic rhinitis, the medical name for the disorder, in a large numbers of posts on the popular video-sharing site.

That's significant, because 7 in 10 patients with a chronic disease are influenced by information th...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 16, 2022
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Dog Contracts Monkeypox From Owners, Prompting Change to CDC Guidance

Dog Contracts Monkeypox From Owners, Prompting Change to CDC Guidance

Adding yet another wrinkle to the monkeypox outbreak, a new case study suggests that people can pass the virus on to their pet dogs.

Therefore, people who are infected with the virus should avoid close contact with their pets, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control now advises in an updated guidance.

The change reflects the first docum...

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 15, 2022
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U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say.

The study — recently published in the — looked at staffing before the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that skilled clinical workers such a...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 15, 2022
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How Worried Should You Be About New Reports on Polio?

How Worried Should You Be About New Reports on Polio?

Poliovirus detected in New York City wastewater last week put public health officials on high alert, as it indicates the potentially paralyzing virus is circulating widely in the area.

But infectious disease experts say there's no need for families of fully vaccinated children to panic.

"The inactivated polio vaccine is part of the s...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 15, 2022
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